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Ready? Tuesday of Holy Week

Early Christians would read the parable of the 10 virgins on the Tuesday of Holy Week, reminding themselves to prepare for the coming of the Bridegroom, Jesus Christ. Some evidences point to a reenacting of the story other places in church history.  

On this day in Holy Week we are led to ask the question, “Am I ready?” Certainly people weren’t ready for the ministry and death of Jesus.  Even at this point in the Gospel accounts, we still have relatively little to go on that Jesus will be betrayed and handed over.  In the Gospel accounts, Judas is not approached by the chief priests and scribes until the day of Preparation for the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  What has to happen is yet to be seen.

Likewise, we are given some clues as to what will be coming when Jesus returns as the Bridegroom of the Church.  We know very little of what that will actually be like, and yet, we are called to prepare - to keep our lamps filled with oil.  

This is a day for the visionaries and the futurists.  It is a day to listen to the cry of the prophet among us.  It is a day to prepare with what we have to prepare with.  While we may not know the fullness of the reality that we prepare for, we still prepare for it nonetheless.